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making news in america this morning, new questions about the las vegas shooter. was he planning to escape? >> his girlfriend breaking her silence as new video of the attack is released overnight. >> everybody go. >> and the hero security guard who helped stop the rampage. >> his bravery was amazing. >> secretary of state tillerson holding a rare press conference. did he call president trump a moron? >> the mother in jail this morning because she refused to vaccinate her child. >> i couldn't bring myself to do it. >> the new hurricane forming right now and taking aim at the u.s. >> and what cam newton said to a female reporter that has him under fire this morning. a good good morning to you all. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm gio benitez in for
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kendis gibson. we begin with new details in the las vegas shooting rampage. police say the shooter planned to escape and believe he had help so they're trying to track down possible accomplices. >> sources say the gunman had recently checked into several hotels and may have considered targeting a different concert a week earlier featuring lorde and chance the rapper. the shooter's girlfriend is talking to the fbi but insists she had no idea he was planning this attack and lana zak has more from las vegas. lana, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, gio and diane. so in addition to the suite that authorities say the shooter had here at the mandalay bay hotel, he had also reserved rooms in several other hotels and all of them overlook the concert venue. >> right here, come in here. >> reporter: in this newly released video you can see the heroism of ordinary americans in the worst of circumstances. >> bring the guy in the chair. >> reporter: victims of the las vegas shooting being led into a vehicle before it sped off to the hospital. one of those victims andrea
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castilla was out celebrating with her sister athena. >> she deserved to chance to get help. she was -- i mean she was literally dying in my arms. >> reporter: trying to piece together his motive, authorities have been questioning the shooter's girlfriend marilou danley. these are her words as read by her attorney. >> it never occurred that he was planning violence against anyone. >> reporter: danley says when he sent her to the philippines she worried he was breaking up with her but in reality he had something truly evil planned. >> stephen paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life. >> reporter: authorities say that in the day before his deadly assault he spent eight hours at the casino gambling. authorities now believe that paddock had planned to escape and despite few leads they question if he really acted alone. >> it's troublesome this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room
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unassisted. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: meanwhile, the community, the survivors and the loved ones of the victims are all trying to heal. now law enforcement officials say there was no prior indication that paddock had suffered from any severe health and mental issues and as for the money that he wired the philippines, marilou danley says that was so she and her family could buy a home there. she remembered the shooter as a kind and caring man. gio, diane. >> certainly not the legacy he's going to leave behind. lana zak live from las vegas, thank you. that shooter also hit two nearby fuel tanks as he fired into that concert. >> the tanks hold jet fuel for the airport. the gunfire could have set off a massive explosion but the bullet lets did not penetrate the tanks. the unarmed security guard shot in the leg as he approached the shooter's hotel door is being praised as a hero.
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he told police what room the gunman was in, gave them a passkey for the door and helped evacuate the floor even though he was wounded. abc news consultant and former fbi agent steve gomez says he likely saved many lives. >> this security officer basically distracted the suspect, does look like after the security officer came then the shots pretty much ended. that might have saved many lives, hundreds if not more than that. >> absolutely. in a phone interview he says he was just doing his job. >> definitely did a lot more than that. and as we reported the gunman had several so-called bump stocks which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire like an automatic one. >> a proposed ban on them is picking up new support in congress. our serena marshall has more. >> reporter: the debate about gun control grows louder. with 59 dead, more than 500 injured in the worst shooting in modern u.s. history. democrats seething over
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republicans' inaction. >> thoughts and prayers are not enough. >> what is the number? how many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this congress? >> reporter: inside the room of the las vegas shooter, 23 guns were found. >> there were 12 bump fire stocks identified. >> reporter: with the attachment you can fire 500 rounds per minute. >> i'll pull rearward with this. >> reporter: in this video by legally armed america, this ar-15 behaving like a machine gun with a continuous stream of bullets. compare that to when the bump stock isn't in place. a new bill would make those $150 attachments illegal. >> some have said we shouldn't do this now. we should wait. now is not the time. ladies and gentlemen, when is the time going to be there? >> reporter: already has 26 co-sponsors, all of them democrats.
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at least six republican senators, though, are open to a hearing on the issue. the president in las vegas visiting the victims. not quite ready to go there. >> does america have a gun violence problem? >> we're not going to talk about that. >> reporter: texas conservative bi bill flores endorsing the idea of a ban. he should have a piece of bipartisan legislation introduced in the coming days, his office tells us. >> serena marshall live in washington, thank you serena. turning overseas, three u.s. army green berets have been killed during an ambush in the western african nation of niger. they were likely attacked by al qaeda militants. two others wounded. about 400 u.s. service members are currently in niger helping african forces fight terror groups. the state department is denying that secretary of state rex tillerson called president trump a moron after a meeting over the summer. president trump called the story first reported by nbc fake news.
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in a rare news conference secretary tillerson had this to say. >> i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. i'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration. >> tillerson also denied another part of that report that said he wanted to resign. he and the president have had sharp differences, though, on policy including a public dispute over how to handle north korea. veteran republican senator bob corker had some eye-opening criticism of the trump administration while defending tillerson. corker said, quote, i think secretary tillerson, defense secretary jim mattis and chief of staff john kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos. corker said tillerson is not getting the support he needs. >> and let's turn now to your weather for this thursday morning. a new tropical depression is churning over central america on track to hit the u.s. on sunday. forecasters say the system is set to pass over nicaragua and
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honduras later today bringing potentially life-threatening flash floods and mudslides and moves into the gulf of mexico. the current models show it making landfall somewhere between mobile and tallahassee. on sunday morning as a weak category 1 hurricane. incredible to think that we have another one coming. and coming up right here, the concerns about certain foods sold at walmart and where it comes from. also ahead a michigan mother sent to jail for not getting her son vaccinated. hear what the judge had to say. and the new risk for distracted driving just how much danger is being caused by those fancy gadgets in new
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equifax did a terrible job of protecting our data because they didn't have a reason to care to protect our data. >> that senator elizabeth warren lashing out at the former ceo of equifax after the data breach that's potentially affected 145 million people. and warren says she's furious that equifax is profiting from the breach. that's because the credit reporting company also sells data protection service which more people might now be inclined to buy now that their data has been compromised. critics call that a conflict of interest. both democrats and republicans want federal watchdogs to investigate whether equifax violated any laws and warren is calling for new rules to allow consumers to block access to credit information for free. diane, we have new video from puerto rico showing desperately needed supplies finally arriving in a remote mountain town cut off by hurricane maria. locals tell us that politics are getting in the way of the relief efforts. some claim they are not getting supplies because they don't
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belong to the same political party as the mayor. less than 6% of the island has power. just 12% of the island has cell phone service. salmon lovers who shop at walmart may have been helping to fund north korea. an associated press investigation finds north korea has been sending its workers to plants in china where they process seafood that often ends up in american stores. walmart says its suppliers are no longer allowed to buy them from those plants. that new car technology that may make you safer may be distracting you from the road. aaa finds drivers programming and checking those navigation systems in the car were visually and mentally distracted for an average of more than 40 seconds. taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of a crash. >> pretty scary. when we come back the mother now in jail for not vaccinating her son. also, bumpy ride. why airplane turbulence may be getting a whole lot worse. the details about an
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take the activia probiotic challenge! we're back thousand with a story of a mother from michigan sentenced to jail for refusing to vaccinate her son. >> that's right. the judge sending a clear message, abc's erielle reshef explains this case. >> i'm a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children. their health and their well-being. >> reporter: this michigan mom of two is headed to jail. held in contempt for deliberately disobeying a court order to vaccinate her 9 1/2-year-old son. >> if he's going to be forced to vaccinate i couldn't bring myself to do it. >> reporter: rebecca bredow said she and her husband spaced out his vaccines. the judge saying that boy will be vaccinated while bredow is in jail. >> ma'am, i'm going to stop you because the truth matters to me. i understand you love your children.
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but what i don't think you understand is that your son has two parents and dad gets a say. >> reporter: while the state of michigan does allow parents to opt their children out of certain vaccinations, both parents must agree. the american academy of pediatrics says vaccines are safe, vaccines are effective, vaccines save lives. bredow's ex-husband was granted temporary custody of her son while she serves her seven-day jail sentence expected to be back in court next week. erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> erielle, thank you so much. a pennsylvania congressman says he will not run for re-election after new details surfaced about his extramarital affair. a pittsburgh newspaper reports congressman timur if i who sponsored anti-abortion legislation urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. a pregnant passenger who claims she was profiled for being a muslim and dragged off a southwest airlines flight is speaking out. you might remember video of anila daulatzai's confrontation with police.
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she said she was allergic to a pair of dogs but could manage sitting away from them. most importantly she says she never claimed her allergy was life-threatening. >> i was calmly explaining that it's not life-threatening over and over again. i even gave options that were just categorically rejected by the captain. so for me it was clear a lack of conflict resolution skills with them. there's something that they just didn't trust me. i was a brown woman with a hoodie. >> southwest claims she did say her allergy was life-threatening but failed to provide medical proof and refused to deplane so airline officials called police. daulatzai was arrested and plans to take legal action. and a new study finds there could be more bumps in the air thanks to climate change. british researchers say airplane turbulence could possibly triple in the coming decades due to changing weather patterns. flights over the north atlantic would be affected the most. a man filling up his gas
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tank learned the lesson the hard way. he pumped gas when he refused to put out his cigarette. well, that's when a worker at the gas station took matters into his own hands spraying the man with a fire extinguisher. >> oh, boy. >> that's one way to do it. >> yeah. time now for a look at your sports and the major league playoffs. >> highlights from espn. >> good morning and it's "sportscenter" from los angeles, neil everett is back so i'll let him go first and talk about baseball. >> archie bradley, won't back down with that beard. nolan nolan arenado on top of the world. all hopped up and gave up back-to-back homers after giving up just four home runs all season. look at him. dang, i did all that work. a.j. pollock, greg holland with two on, two outs, buys insurance after 8-5 went to 8-7. now 10-7. four triples and diamondbacks win and play the dodgers.
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champagne. that's one game winner take all. the championship, candace parker and spark, maya moore and the lynx. the sparks trying to get back into this one. time winding down. sims, she made the free throw that would pull the sparks within three. just over 30 seconds to play. maya moore, 18 points, 10 boards. sylvia fowles had 20 rebounds, she's the finals mvp after she was the regular season mvp and lynx win it fourth wnba championship in the last seven years. back to you. >> all right, coming up, star quarterback cam newton is under fire this morning. hear his comment to a female reporter and the new reaction overnight. and the man in a costume who photobombed this congressional hearing. the story behind the so-called monopoly man. stick around. oats seem pretty simple, right? they're actually kind of extraordinary. see, oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan.
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♪ time for "the pulse" and we start with cam newton fueling a lot of talk online right now. the carolina panthers quarterback is taking a ton of criticism following a sexist remark to a female reporter, some say. >> the reporter asked about the routes that one of his receivers runs on the field. >> it's funny to hear a female talk about routes like -- >> the reporter says she talked to newton after the news conference and says he did not apologize. panthers spokesman says newton expressed regret. the nfl calls his comments just plain wrong and disrespectful. >> don't let your kids hear about this one. earmuffs, archaeologists now think they have found the tomb of santa claus. >> yeah, the crypt is beneath st. nicholas church in a town in southwest turkey. the town is built on the ruins of a city where st. nick is
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believed to have lived 1700 years ago. >> until now it was thought that santa's bones were actually in italy but, of course, we all know none of this could possibly be true because santa is in the north pole making all of our presents with the elves. now to a very unusual moment during a congressional hearing in washington. >> as if it weren't humiliating enough for the former ceo of equifax to explain the company's data breach, he was also photobombed by the monopoly man. >> yeah, a woman dressed up as rich uncle pennybags from the board game sat behind richard smith twirling her fake mustache, dabbing her forehead with cash. turns out she's from public citizen, an activist group that fights for reforming the financial industry. she made quite an impression. a gentle giant is lapping up the limelight after sitting a new world record. >> look at that animation. that is great. this is moachie, the st. bernard
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expect above normal highs in the northeast. heavy rain from the midwest to the southwest. and sunny and dry on the west coast and more drenching rain in south florida. finally there's a first time for everything. even when you're 80 years old. >> a man from illinois born before world war ii is set to
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make his debut in the chicago marathon this weekend. reporter jose sanders has his story. >> i have jogged and run all my life. but not really in the sense of preparing for a marathon. >> reporter: max downham is prepare fog rung in this year's chicago marathon for the first time at the age of 81. yes, 81. >> it's something that i like to be able to do, say i've done it and i think also quite honestly i take care of myself and i believe in good health and i think this is a wonderful way to keep yourself in good shape and good health. >> reporter: since may, max and his coach have been training for the big race along the way testing out a few races like the shamrock shuffle and rock 'n' roll half marathon. >> i treated him just like any of my other runners where i slowly build up the mileage safely, conservatively all the way up to the 20-miler. what max is proving is that no matter what age we're never too old to be a first timer at
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anything. >> reporter: for max it's all about taking on a new challenge and doing it for a good cause. >> chicago lights is a community outreach program that fills social needs and addresses social needs in the metro area, and so it was a wonderful coincidence and a good reason for me to do this. >> reporter: after he conquers his goal on october 8 he's already looking ahead to what's next. >> my next goal is to run another marathon, either in chicago and/or somewhere else in the world. retirement is not really in my psyche. >> yeah, clearly. by the way he also still works. executive director of the international college of surgeons. he's been there for 21 years. >> i mean, listen, the guy doesn't even look 81, okay. so that's amazing. good for you. >> all right. >> i can't even do a marathon. >> running his first marathon planning his second. we have some goals to work toward this morning. >> that's right. that's what's making good mo.
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it's 4:30 a.m. on this thursday, october 5th. >> and we're following breaking news. a deadly crash has 76 closed in philadelphia right now. we've just learned the crash involved a car and a motorcyclist who died. >> deadly gun fire erupts hitting a group of people on a street corner. >> taking a look from sky 6 -- it will feel as though -- you get two views -- it will feel like summer again. >> karen is in for david murphy with